Opportunities to Inform Adoption of New 2nd Grade Curriculum
There are two opportunities to play a leadership role in the process of creating and adopting a new second grade curriculum. As a reminder, we held, in collaboration with the Early Childhood Department, a well-attended and highly informative 2nd Grade Forum two weeks ago at the BTU. The notes from that excellent discussion are available online.
- BPS is seeking three teachers to join the Curriculum Development Team. This is a stipend opportunity, and the deadline to apply is December 23.
- The BTU is seeking two Second Grade teachers to serve on a central office committee reviewing curricular materials for possible adoption. This committee is expected to convene in January. If interested, please email Paul by December 22 at noon with a brief statement of why this experience interests you and with a resume.
Spend Your Holiday Break Dreaming of a Summer of Transformative PD
The deadline for applications for Fund for Teachers is January 31. Take some time over the holiday break to begin your application and design the professional learning experience that’s just what you and your students need. Teachers may apply for grants of $5,000 (individuals) or $10,000 (teams) to design a professional learning experiences that inspire and sustain them as people and professionals. The BTU is a proud local partner of Fund for Teachers, a national organization dedicated to enriching the personal and professional growth of teachers. If you have questions or would like support with your application, email Paul.
Creating a Classroom of Experts: Earn Credit for Lane Advancement
Are all of your students reading, writing, speaking, and reasoning like mathematicians, scientists, historians, artists, and authors in culturally relevant ways? Join us on January 28 at the Frederick for “Creating a Classroom of Experts: Strategies for Writing and Talking in the Content Areas“. Sign up on MyLearningPlan! There are two ways to participate in the conference:
- Option 1: Attend the conference only. Spend a day learning with and from colleagues, district leaders, and national presenters.
- Option 2: Attend the conference and extend your learning by enrolling in one of the connected courses. Connected courses will allow educators to deepen their knowledge and skills around disciplinary literacy and to access support for implementation. Educators who choose this option and successfully complete the course are eligible for one Academic Ladder Credit (ALC).
What is an Academic Ladder Credit (ALC)?
The learning opportunities at this conference represent an important milestone for the BTU-BPS collaboration in professional learning. It is the first time that Academic Ladder Credits (equal in value to in-service credits with no cap on the amount one can earn) are being made widely available. With ALCs, you can earn credits in less “seat-time” (12 hours pre credit instead of 15), but each ALC course requires submission of a final product demonstrating that you have implemented a specific instructional practice in your classroom. More information coming soon. Email Paul with questions.